Ok, so this is more of an idea than it is a tip, but I think it’s a good one, so here goes…
I’m going to be completely honest with you. I hate the bouquet toss. I’m normally a big fan of traditions, but this one I could do without! Maybe this is due to attending too many weddings as a single lady, and feeling like I’m on parade in front of everyone. Maybe I’m transferring my own personal issues onto the innocent event, but I feel like I may as well have a sign on me that says, “can’t keep a man.” And this is not just as I get older. I was forced to go up for the bouquet toss from a very young age, and even then I hated it. I usually have people dragging me out from under a table and onto the dance floor to be a part of it. At one wedding, the bouquet literally fell at my feet. The bride’s sixteen year old cousin picked it up. It was a Mormon wedding, so she was likely to get married first anyway.
Ok… enough of my own pathology, and onto the purpose of this entry. An alternative to the bouquet toss.
If you have anything close to my sentiments, you might like to replace the traditional bouquet toss with: a bouquet presentation. What in the world is a bouquet presentation? I’ll tell you! The DJ or band leader will call married couples, one by one onto the floor according to how long they’ve been married, starting with the newest couples. The couple that has been married the longest is the last to be called, and as a celebration of their successful marriage, the bride presents them with the bouquet. Cute, don’t you think?
If you are all about the bouquet toss, please don’t be offended by this post. There’s a good chance I will have one at my own wedding, mostly because I’ll be so excited to be on the other side of it! I do think, however, that this is a great alternative, so I thought I’d share.